FACULTY AWARDS 2003-04
These faculty members were recognized at a special campus reception
on May 3.
University of Minnesota System
Horace T. Morse Award
John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
University of Minnesota
Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award
Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award
Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Minnesota Teacher of the Year
University of Minnesota System
T. Morse Award
Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for
Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate
units in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.
Howard Mooers, professor of geology, College of Science and Engineering
Howard Mooers received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis in 1988 with an emphasis in glacial geology, glaciology,
and hydrogeology. He has been an associate professor at UMD since 1991,
and he was the co-director of the environmental studies major at UMD
from 1995-2000. He has also served as associate editor for the Journal
of Sedimentary Research, 1996-2000. Dr. Mooers’ major research
interests focus on the Quaternary history of the southern margin of
the Laurentide Ice Sheet, subglacial groundwater flow and its role in
controlling glacial dynamics, genesis of glacial landforms, comminution
of rock debris entrained in glacier ice and the origin of till, coastal
and coral reef geology, arid region geomorphology, groundwater flow
and characteristic scales of variability in glacial sedimentary sequences;
processes and spatial distribution of aquifer recharge; computer reconstruction
of Pleistocene ice sheets and modeling of subglacial groundwater systems;
geoarchaeology and early human settlement in the Midwestern United States;
and periglacial environments and processes. Dr. Mooers has taught 20
different courses in his 13 years at UMD. He has been very active in
advising, supervising graduate and undergraduate students, Undergraduate
Research Opportunity Program (UROP) projects and advising environmental
studies internships. In addition, Dr. Mooers has been awarded over $2.6
million in research funding.
Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
This award recognizes and rewards the contribution that academic advising
makes in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career,
and personal goals.
Linda Miller-Cleary, professor of English education, College of Liberal
Linda Miller-Cleary received her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from
the University of Massachusetts. She is the program coordinator of the
communication arts/literature major. Her research and publications include
two books on writing and motivation, two books on indigenous literacy
and one book on applied linguistics. Dr. Miller-Cleary is also a Morse
Alumni Distinguished Teacher.
University of Minnesota Duluth
Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award
This honor is given each year to a faculty member who has made contributions
to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality.
Praveen Aggarwal, associate professor of management studies, Labovitz
School of Business and Economics
Praveen Aggarwal teaches Marketing Strategy and Business-to-Business
Marketing. He has several years of experience as a senior executive
in the food products industry. He also has a master’s degree in
economics and a master’s degree in management. Dr. Aggarwal received
his Ph.D. in marketing from Syracuse University and has been teaching
at UMD since 1998. His research interests are in the areas of consumer
decision-making processes, decision delegation, and price and non-price
promotions. His research has been published in Journal of Business Research,
Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and
Journal of Product and Brand Management. He has presented research papers
at various national and international conferences including those sponsored
by AMA, ACR, and AMS. He is a past recipient of the UMD Outstanding
Faculty Adviser Award, the LSBE Outstanding Professor Award, and has
been selected for listing in the "Who's Who Among Students in American
Universities." Dr. Aggarwal has also been recognized by the American
Academy of Distinguished Students for excellence in research, teaching
and graduate studies.
Distinguished Research Award
This honor is given each semester to recognize the research contributions
of a UMD faculty member and to provide opportunities to present developing
research to a broad UMD audience.
Viktor Zhdankin, professor of chemistry, College of Science and Engineering
Viktor V. Zhdankin was born in Sverdlovsk, Russia. His M.S. (1978),
Ph.D. (1981), and Dr.Chem.Sci. (1986) degrees were earned at Moscow
State University. In 1987 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow/Head
of Research Group at the Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University.
He moved to the University of Utah in 1990, where he worked for three
years as instructor of organic chemistry and as a research associate.
In 1993 he joined the UMD faculty. Professor Zhdankin is one the world's
most renowned experts in the organic chemistry of hypervalent main group
elements. His research involves the development and application of new
reagents for organic synthesis based on polyvalent iodine compounds.
He has published over 170 refereed research papers, which are widely
cited by organic chemists in many countries. He serves on editorial
boards of several international journals and is a member of the Japanese
Forum on Iodine Utilization. His previous awards include the prestigious
national fellowship from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus foundation.
Faculty Adviser Awards
The Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award is given each year to faculty
members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.
Joie Acheson, instructor of Psychology, College of Education and Human
Joie Acheson serves as the coordinator for Freshman Camp , teaches about
the spiritual journey, works with freshman advising and supervises the
peer advising program for the psychology department.
Patricia Dennis, professor of theatre, School of Fine Arts.
Patricia Dennis has served and guided theatre students at UMD since
Paul Siders, associate professor of chemistry, College of Science and
Along with his advising duties in chemistry, Dr. Siders has also served
as lead academic advisor for the pre-pharmacy program.
Randy Skalberg, assistant professor of accounting, Labovitz School
of Business and Economics.
Professor Skalberg is the faculty advisor to the UMD Scholars Club and
is the coordinator of the UMD Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Neil Storch, professor of history, College of Liberal Arts.
Professor Storch has been a dedicated and exemplary mentor and advisor
at UMD for 30 years.
Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award
This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal
Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective
teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline
and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of
human attitudes and values.
Tom Isbell, associate professor of theatre, School of Fine Arts
Professor Isbell received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois
in 1980 and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1984. Before
coming to UMD as an assistant professor in 1994, Tom spent his professional
career in theatre, film and television. He has written and performed
in three one-person plays including "Me and JFK," which he
performed in New York and Los Angeles. He has directed two UMD productions
at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as
part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Professor
Isbell was recently named a Horace T. Morse Distinguished Teacher, the
highest undergraduate teaching honor given at the University of Minnesota.
Students and faculty alike regard Professor Isbell as a master teacher
and scholar who has had a profound effect on present and former students.
of Distinguished Teachers
Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Stephen Adams, English
Curt Anderson, Economics
Thomas Bacig, Sociology/Anthropology
Ann Bergeron, Theatre
Ron Caple, Chemistry
Joseph Gallian, Math
Eugene Grossman, Psychology
Thomas Isbell, Theatre
Virginia Katz, Communication
Richard Lichty, Economics
Linda Miller Cleary, English
Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education
John Newstrom, Management Studies
Maureen O’Brien, Economics
Eileen Zeitz, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
Minnesota Professor of the Year
This award recognizes outstanding educators in all 50 states, based
on their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.
Joseph Gallian, professor of mathematics and statistics,
College of Science and Engineering
Joe Gallian received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame 1971, and he has been
teaching at UMD from 1972-present. His previous honors and awards are
numerous and include the Council on Undergraduate Research Fellow Award;
the UMD College of Science and Engineering Anderson Scholar/Teacher
Award; the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Extension
Distinguished Teaching Award; the UMD Blehart Distinguished Teaching
Award; the University of Minnesota Horace T. Morse Award for Contributions
to Undergraduate Education; and he was named by a Duluth newspaper as
among "100 Great Duluthians of the 20th Century". Dr. Gallian
is widely published with numerous books and articles to his credit.
Dr. Gallian has also been extremely successful in securing grant funding,
having been funded 27 years from National Science Foundation; 19 years
from National Security Agency; two years from Minnesota Humanities Commission,
for a total of $1,420,017 in funding. His interests include graph theory,
finite group theory, and combinatorics.